This week’s cricket round-up

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Dacorum’s cricket teams made the most of the glorious bank holiday weather to post a full set of results.

Hemel Town

Hemel Town I picked up a comfortable win over newly-promoted Knebworth Park I to maintain their position in second place in the table.

Batting first, Brett Penny led from the top with 38. Hemel then got the job done with the ball in less than 30 overs, with Penny (3-21) again doing the damage.

Meanwhile, a good five-over spell of bowling from Matt Dale (0-18) dragged Hemel Town II back into a game that unbeaten Northchurch I looked to have in the bag.

Matt Petchell also bowled well for Hemel to return 6-76 and earn a draw. Batting first, Hemel had posted 188-6, with Graham Clark (52) posting the highest score.

Elsewhere, Hemel Town III shared an entertaining draw with Old Finchleians II.

Batting first, Finchleians returned a commanding total of 217-5, with Scott Radcliffe (4-14) the only Hemel bowler to make any real inroads.

Things looked ominous for Hemel at 81-5 in reply, but Will Langley dug in for 54 not out to help his side to the draw.

In other action, youngster Aaron Wilson scored 105 for Hemel Town IV but still ended up on the losing team.

Despite Wilson’s century, Hemel were all out for 153, before Bushey tapped off the runs for the loss of just four wickets.

Richard Morton, meanwhile, came to the fore with 4-44 as Hemel Town V did the hard bit by bowling Bushey III out for just 147.

In reply, Hemel subsided to just 62 all out and slid to the bottom of Division 12 as a result.

Kings Langley

Kings Langley I moved up to fourth place in Division Two with a 14-run win over local rivals Leverstock Green.

Kings were in trouble at 100-8 but captain Christian James (47) and Ben Joyce (27 n/o) put on 68 to help their team to a respectable 163 all out. Dayle Littlejohn took five wickets for Leverstock Green.

In reply, Green got off to a quick start but were pegged back by Mark Brazier (7-54) and Christian James (3-29) and they were all out for 149. Alex King made 81 for Leverstock.

Elsewhere, Kings Langley II fell to a 55-run defeat to undefeated Hoddesdon II who batted first and scored 171-8. Tony Morton took 4-64 and Duane Smith 3-35.

In reply, Kings never really threatened to overhaul their target and were all out for 116 in the 36th over. Youngster Sam Joyce top scored with 28.

Meanwhile, Kings Langely III moved up to fifth in Division 10 with a nail-biting victory over Datchworth II, winning by one run.

Kings scored a modest 119 all out on a tricky pitch with Radleigh Tant scoring 37 and Andrew Colquhoun adding 31.

With the last ball to be bowled, Datchworth were one run behind with one wicket in hand but the last batsman was run out. Tant completed a good all round match as he took three wickets.

Kings Langley IV moved to top of Division 14 after beating Berkhamsted by 10 runs.

Kings scored 201-3 off 46 overs with Warwick Smith top scoring with 62 not out.

Berkhamsted lost their last wicket on 191 in the 42nd over, with Tom Atkins taking 4-43 and Tony Thompson snaring 3-38 for Kings.

Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted III recorded a comfortable win over Broxbourne IV as a good performance in the field set them on their way to victory.

Andy Blood took four wickets and Jamie Slater (6-17) snared six with the ball for Berko, before the hosts cruised past the total for the loss of no wickets with only 19.3 overs gone.

Abbots Langley

Abbots Langley I moved to the top of Division Three as they romped to an easy eight-wicket win over Totteridge Millhillians.

Bowling first, it was veteran Barry Warner (3-31) and spinner Dom Smith (4-38) who caused most of the damage as Totteridge slumped to 129 all out.

Jack Read (39), and Chris Chellow (61), then batted confidently to take Abbots to the brink of victory with a stand of 96 in only 19 overs.

It was left to Warner to hit the winning runs to complete a good performance from Abbots.

Abbots Langley II, meanwhile, stayed top of Division Seven with a comfortable win over Great Gaddesden.

Fielding first, Ibby Usman (3-7), Dan Roche (2-26) and Sive Prakash (2-14) bowled tightly to restrict Gaddesden to 110 all out.

Despite losing two early wickets, It was left to Richard Merritt (24 n/o) and 17-year-old Mark Bishop (29 n/o) to see Abbots home to a six-wicket win.

Elsewhere, Abbots Langley III beat West Herts III by five wickets in a low-scoring game.

Batting first, West Herts were reeling at 28-5, but rallied to reach 145 all out with Neels Patel (3-17), and Andrew Rueth (3-42) doing the damage late on.

Abbots skipper Phil Lewins then took root and carried his bat for a patient 47 not out and, helped by 37 off 10 balls by Abhi Rajan, saw Abbots home to a good win.

In action elsewhere, a very young Abbots IV side lost to Northwood Town III by 100 runs.

Fielding first, Abbots struggled against some big hitting from Northwood, but young Puneet Pattni (6-60) helped restrict them 224-9.

Abbots were always going to struggle against a much older side, as only Pattni (22) and Peter Bailey reached double figures as they were shot out for 114.

Chipperfield Clarendon

Chipperfield Clarendon III battled out a draw with Flitwick III. Batting first, hosts Flitwick declared on 242 for 5, with Guy Kempston (3-56) and Josh Bunning taking the wickets.

With the exception of Dave Bunning (43) the run chase was never on and after 48 overs the match concluded in a draw with the away side on 91-5.

Leverstock Green

Leverstock Green III suffered a 65-run defeat at the hands of Greenwood Park.

Batting first, Greenwood Park set a reachable total of 177 all out, with Karl Turner (3-41) and Chris Renwick (3-19) doing most of the damage with the ball for Levy.

In reply, however, no Green batsman scored more than 20 as they were bowled out for 112.

Elsewhere, Leverstock Green IV captain Brian Coulshed ensured his unbeaten run continued at the helm with a draw against Rickmansworth V. Greg Coulshed led the way with four wickets and 18 not out with the bat, but it was Lewis Glasscoe who stood out on his senior debut with a classy 50 not out, a catch and a tidy six overs of bowling.